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Digital mapping project to come alive at Central Library workshop

Thursday 13 Jul 2017

Digital mapping project to come alive at Central Library workshop

People in Swindon can put their neighbourhood’s history on the map by taking part in a digital regional heritage project.

Know Your Place – West of England, allows local people to browse old maps of the town in which they live in order to gain an understanding of what their area may have looked like in the past.

The digital historical mapping tool also allows users to add their own information and photographs to create a rich heritage resource for their area. There are maps covering seven major counties or cities in the West of England area, including Wiltshire. The Wiltshire map can be found via the following link: http://maps.bristol.gov.uk/kyp/?edition=wilts

Swindon’s Central Library will be a hosting a Know Your Place workshop on Wednesday (12 July) between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Led by Julie Davis, Local Studies Librarian from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, the workshop will introduce and explain how the mapping website works and is recommended for anyone with an interest in old maps and local history.

Those attending the workshop will learn how to navigate and add to the site to make photos publically accessible. Attendees can bring their own laptops with digital images on the day, but it is not essential.

The cost of the workshop is £2 for library members and £3 for non-members. To buy tickets for the event call 01793 463238, email: localstudies@swindon.gov.uk or visit the Central Library in person.

 

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